Originally the 19th-century country home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, this sprawling property today features a 1,400-acre nonprofit working farm, an environmental education center, and a 24-room lakeside inn that is a National Historic Landmark. Shelburne Farms is often cited as a national model for sustainable farming and education—and it's also one of the most luxurious "farm stays" you'll find, suffused with vintage character and country-life bonhomie. Guests can wander through 8 miles of walking trails, sunbathe on the shore of Lake Champlain, visit the farmyard with resident cows and Belgian draft horses, and dine at a restaurant starring estate-grown produce. Courses on butter-making and mushroom foraging are also offered seasonally.
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